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"l wonder what's keeping Duncan so long?" said Carter to Miss Leslie ... The words were hardly out of his mouth when the double entrance doors were suddenly banged open and Duncan dashed out, hatless and in a state of great excitement.


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and Fortune Weekly. I STORIES OF. BOYS WHO Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 pen year. Bnterea according to .Act of Oongreu, tn the year 1J13, m the o'{flC#I of the Librarian of Oongress, Washington, D 0., by Frank Tousey, Publ

2 BOUND TO MAKE HIS MARK. Among these he counted Richard Carter, leading man, and Miss Norma Leslie, leading engenue and character artist, as h is particular friends. As he was walking up the street he met Carter. "Hello, Duncan; off duty?" said Carter. "Yes, for the present." "Anything new?" "The Savoy movie I told you about which changed hands so o ften, and I thought was coming out all right under the new o wner, Jackson, has closed again." "You don't say. Gone under again, eh? It seems to be an u nl ucky house "I can't see why it should be nlucky. "I t hink the facts speak for themselves. How many times has it failed?" "Five. And all Ins i de of a year?" "Inside of less than six months." "Worse and worse. If\ I were looking for a motion picture plant, and w a s offered that place cheap, I wouldn't touch It with a ten-foot po l e." "Think It isn't lucky?" "Lucky! I should say n o t. There's a good healthy hoodoo i n full possession. The only thing that place is good for Is to be turned Into a shop. What was It before It was made Into a movie?" "It was a large grocery store." "Did the grocer fail?" "No. He's got another store In the next block." "Why did he change his quarters? Do you know?" "His lease ran out, and Benson, the man who originally fitted up the place as a motion picture house, and named it the Savoy, offered more money for the store than he was will ing to give, so he had to move." "I guess he didn't want to move If b.e was getting on all r ight. Naturally, it hurts a man's business to have to change his quarters. I'll bet he laid a sort of curse on the place to get square, and that' s the cause of all the trouble." "Pooh! I don t take any stock in that sort of thing." Well, I do, for I've seen it work." "You imagine you have. "No imagination about it. Two years ago I had a room with a family in an apartment house. The family underneath were English. The lady got into a scrap with the physician who o c cu pied the first floor over a pet dog she had. The result of the tangle was a notice was served on them by the landlord t o move. They moved, b u t the landlord never could rent that fiat-at least not as long as I kept track of the house. B e fore that he never had an apartment idle two days. In fact, he had a waiting list. A few months later another apartment volun tar lly became vacant; and it was taken right off the reel, but though dozens of persons looked at the apartment over the doctor, nob od y took it. Everybody thought it was awfully f u nny, for it was really the best apartment in the house and worth the rent asked. It finally became the talk of the ho u se and the neighborhood that the English woman had cursed the place pecause she was dispossessed, and the opin ion so grew that a tenant never could be found to take it," said Ca rter "Then you think the grocer did the same thing when the l a n d lord raised his rent, and, as he wou ldn't pay it, he was obliged to move his store?" "I have an idea he might have done something like that to get sq uare with the landlord." "The landlord hasn't suffered any. He gets !}is rent right a l ong w hether the moving picture busines s is in operation or not. T he lease has been passed along the line, and Jackson is the r esponsible party now." "If he hasnJt any money his responsibility won't amount to m u ch. Hello, see who we have here," said Carter. C oming toward them, Duncan saw Norma Leslie and a pro fessio nal friend. T h e four came togethe r and expressed the pl easure they felt at the unexpected meeting. D uncan was i ntroduced to Norma's friend, Miss Maud Fu! e r "Where are you folks bound?" aske d Carter. "Nowhere in particular. We're just taking a stroll before dinner," said Miss Leslie. ... Then turn back and accompany us," said Carter, pairing off with Miss F uller and leaving Miss Leslie to Duncan, which just suited that lad, and maybe the young lady as well, for he wati a bit llmltten with the young and pretty actress. In the course of the walk Duncan to ld Norma about the pontinued 1IIl uck attending the Savoy moving picture house ; "Dear me, those men. can't know much about the show business," she' said. "I neve r heard of an amusement place going under so often in such a short time under different man agers." "Well, Benson, the man who fitted the place up, struck me as a capabl e man. I secured his custom for the United Film Company. When he sold out, without giving any reason that I heard of, his succes'sor continued with us. I had no difficulty In holding his successor, the man after him, and finally Jack son, the present proprietor, in line. It Is very singular what the trouble is with the show It certainly wasn' t the films, for we never put out a poor one; nor did it appear to be lack of patronage, for that neighborhood is able to suppor t three movies. Some of the peopl e go every night. The boy who works In the drug store in the same block with the Savoy told me that Jackson turned people away Saturday and Sun day nights from both shows, and yet the place was closed at two this afternoon, and bore the sign 'For Sale.' I am satisfied there Is something very odd back of It, and I am going to .find It out If I can. The house closed just as suddenly. each time, without the least indication beforehand of what was going to happen," said Duncan. "Almost myste rious, Isn't it?" laughe d Miss Leslie. "It Is kind of mysterious when you come to think of it. I'm going to call on Jackson to-night and ask him what the trouble is-if I can see him." "If you fi.nd there is anything unusual in the case you must tell me, for I dearly love mysteries." "I wish I were a mystery, then," said Duncan, nervily. "Dear me, why so?" exclaime d Miss Leslie, not catching on. "Why, you said you dearI mean you remarke d that you were interested in mysteries, and so--that is--" The young lady saw the point now and she blushe d vividly. At that moment something happened. CHAPTER II. DUNCAN DISTINGUISHES HDISELF. Around the corher swung a motor car. A pretty and stylishly-dressed child of eight, holding on to the hand of a maid, had just left the curb to cross the street. The chauffeur of the car saw their peril, shut off power and blew his horn. The maid uttered. a scream, let go the hand of t e little girl, and'jumped out of the way. The child, paralyzed with fright, made no move to follow her The machine swooped down on h e r In spite of the brake, and she would have been knocke d down and run over but for quick action on the part of Duncan Scott. He. sprang forward, seized the child in his arms, and as he was In the act of trying to clear the machine, was struck and thrown a dozen feet away. Miss Leslie uttered a scream, thinking he was killed, and Carter rushed to pick him up. A crowd began to gather in a twinkling, and the machine came to a stop. To the surprise and relie f of the beholders, Duncan, after r'oll1ng over two or three times, with the child closely held in his arms, sat up ind then rose to h is feet, apparently uninjured by the shock. At that mom en t a gentleman pushe d his way through the crowd and rushed up to Duncan as he was placing the fright ened child on h e r feet. He grabbed the child in his arms in a convulsive way. "Effie, Effie, my darling, a r e you hurt?" he cried, in a tone that expressed his feeling. "Papa," cried the girl, throwing her arms around his neck. "Are you hurt, tell me?" he repeated. "I'm so frightene d," was all he could get out of her. However, It was soon found that she was not hurt in the least. Then the gentleman turned to Duncan. "MY brave lad, you saved her life. I can never thanlt you enough. T e ll' me you r name, that I may know to whom I am under such a great obligation." "Duncan Scott," said the lad, whl,le Carter was brushing the dirt and dust off his clothes. "You are a splendid fellow, young man, and I won't forget what you have done for my little daughter. H ere is my card. Call on me to-morrow." Duncan took the card and looked at It.


BOUND TO MAKE HIS MARK. 3 "Arthur Westbrook, it read, "No. -Wall Stree t New York City. Wes t brook Mot o r Company Findlay,. I n d." susp ense until sb.e finally capitulate d to "the sweetest story ev e r told. N ow don t fail to call on m e to-morro w any time b etwee n t en and four, said Mr Westbrook, shaking Duncan by the hand again and starting a c ross the stree t with Effie in his arm s to m ee t the maid, who looked anything but happy I)y Georg e old man!" said C arte r. "You got out of that by an eyela s h. Ye gods, wha t a sc e n e for a moving picture machine ,The director would have had a s enarlo written around it, and a corking g ood numbe r would h ave b een turne d out. You are the h ero of a lost opportunity." The c rowd, which, was still g rowin g bi g g e r, regarde d Dun can with great inte r es t Only a few of them had s een the s ensational incid ent, but an id e a of it was passing from mouth to mouth. The c h a uff e ur, findin g that the young f e llo w was not hurt, took a d vantage of the c on versation betw e e n Duncan a nd Mr W estbrook, to r eturn to the machine and g e t a w ay, hoping to avoid arre st. A f t e r the car was gone a policemtn came along and, forcing hi s 'Way into the crowd, r e ached the spot where Duncan and Carte r j!to od. He l earned all the facts from them, t ook them down in his no te b o ok, tog ethe r with their names, the little girl's and her fa t her's. T h e n Duncan and the a ctor rejoine d their ladi e s on the sid e w alk. A fte r Norma Lesli e r ec overed from her scare at seeing the accid e nt, and perceiving that Duncan was not hurt to all ap pearance s, she was filled with admiration for h i s plucky act. "Oh, I am s o glad you e s c a p ed! she exclaim e d seizing him by t h e a r m and flashing a look of intense inter est in his f a ce. You are a r eal h e ro, Mr. Scott. "Thank y ou for thinking so, Miss L eslie. Such commenda tion fro m you r lips f ully r e pays me for the risk I took," re pli e d the young f e l t o w giving h e r a look that brought a whole bun c h of ros e s int o her che e ks. Are y ou quite sure you are not hurt in the least?n she said with s om e anxiety in h e r voice and e y e s. "As far a s I know I'm not," he answered. "I regard myself a s very fortunate in not being a candidate for a hospital. W h en t he ca r hit and hurle d m e ahead I hardly knew a-n.y t hing for s ome moments. It was an awful sho cij:. Just as if a h ou se f e ll on you I say that without knowi:d.g just how it f ee l s t o have a house to fall on you, for I have neve r experi e nced the se n s ation. On t he whol e I have no overwhelming d e s i r e to r e peat my perfo r mance e ven for the benefit of the mov ing p i cture business In which I naturally feel a great inte r es t "Allow me to con g ratula te you on your fortunate escape, Mr. Scott," now put in Mias Fuller, who had been itching for a cha.nee t o herself. A ll w om e n love a real hero, and actresses are no exception to t h e rule eve n if acc ustomed to being in continual touch witi. stage h e roes. "You are c e r tainly a brave young man," continued Miss Fuller, gushing ly. "I do love anything sensationally heroic in real life. I am sure I shall see you in my dreams to-night r e peating your r e s c u e of the little gfi'l. Such a thriller could never b e introd uc e d Into a moving picture without a dummy. "The du mmy would have my sympathy," laughed Duncan. M i ss Full e r was showing so much interest in Duncan that' Nor m a began to(experieu ce a fe eling of jealousy, and, tugging t h e l ad b y the a rm, sugg este d that they had better go on. M i ss Fulle r h o wev e r, wasn t to be shaken off. S he hung on the other side of Duncan, which put Carter on the c u tsi d e of the four, and they proceeded in that way for a bloc k when Carter, feeling that he was being slighted t h e l ad y in whom he felt a special interest, remarked that he gu esse d he and Scott wouldn't go a,ny further, unless the ladies particularly desir e d their comp;my. M i ss L e slie hailed this as a chance to get her friend awa.y from Duncan, though she would have tried to hang on to the y oun g h ero had she had him all to herself. But with Scott showing a polit e inte r est in Mis s Fu\ler, and h e r dear friend u sing the full batt ery of her charms upon him, Norma sce nted dange r, and the "gree n eyed monster" that sleep s somewh ere in ev e rybody s heart b e gan to arouse itself and take notice. "Come, Maud, we must hurry, or we shall b e late for din n e r she said. "Good-by, M:r. Scott, I am awfully glad to have m e t you this afternoon, and f hope w e shall--" Oh, don t mind, Norma," interrupted Miss Fuller. "We. have lots of time Mr. Scott. We don't have dinner till half past six and ev e n th.en there is no certainty that it will mate rialize on the minute. The old dragon we are boarding with is growing more careless about m eal hours every day. Sh e' s had a grouch on ever since Bill )' Day, the com e dian, vani s h e d with his sui tcase by way of the fir e -escap e leaving a t w o w ee k s' board bill unsettled. She watch e s the rest of us now like a hawk, thoug h I am sure Norma and I owe her noth ing. I suppose it ls because she suspects Tessie Stewart is going to skip if she can get her trunk out. I know Tessie hasn't paid up this week. Tessie is in hard luck After rest ing three weeks she caught on at Zammerstein's this week. But, poor thing, her turn was a frost at the matinee on Mon day and she was cut out of the bill M iss Leslie, howev e r, was d etermined to get her friend away from Duncan, and as Carter sided with her, the party broke up and Duncan and the actor crossed the street and turned down Three blocks further on they separated, each going toward his own boarding-house. Duncan li ve d with a Mrs. Jenkins, a professional boardin:g hous e lady, whose establishment was generally always full of ste ady p e ople, consisting of three Sixth avenue clerks-, two young lady stenographers who roomed together, and were both smitten with Duncan, though he was not at all interested in them, two married couple, and two or three widows living O!J. their Incomes. Everybody knew that Duncan was connected with the mov ing picture Industry, and the three clerks regarded him with enY Y b e cause the y believed he was i;naking good money and had easy hours c ompared with their own. 1 They didn't know that the boy was more or less always on the job, for he was ambitious to make his mark in the world, and he had to rely wholly on his own exertions. There is no more sentiment in the moving picture industry than there is In any other kind of business, and he had to earn his money to get it. His father and mother were alive, but they lived in a small city up the State which did not offer inducements sufficient to keep the boy at home. New York has always been the Mecca of his hopes, and he had now been in the metropolis a year and a half. CHAPTER III. I DUNCAN Il'!TEBVIEWS JACKSON. After dinner that evening Duncan started uptown to call on Jackson, proprietor of the Savoy. The Criterion was in the block below and was brilliantly lighted up when he reached it. Spencer, the owner, was outside, looking at his display of paper. He knew Duncan well, as the boy had tried to secure Ms custom for the United Film Corporation and failed He also knew that Duncan had kept the trust out of the Savoy. He grinned at the boy this evening. "The Savoy has gone up the spout again," he said. "I know it." She and Maud Fuller were dear friends or chums, it is true, but there was d!!,nger at that mom ent that Duncan Scott might prove the rock on which their friendship would split. "That's pretty good evidence tP,at your fUms don't take in this neighborhood. The people are discriminating and want the best.n "Well, the Independent films are the best In the country." "Looks like it, doesn't it, when the one house that runs them up here goes under five times running, while my shOJY, and the Crescent above here, who take from your rivals, are Norma had suddenly awakened to the fact that Duncan was a whole lot more to her than was Maud Fuller. She had admired him in a general way b e fore, but now she' wante d to assert a proprietorship in him to the exclusion of anybody else. turning people away almost every night. "It isn't" on account of inferior films that the Savoy closed up At the same time she was perverse enough to desire to be won by a regular siege, holding the object of her interest in "What then?" "That's what I came tind out.n


4 BOU N D TO MAKE HIS MARK. laughe d d e risively. "Do you want me to tell you?" h e said. "Ye s, if you know." "It's b ecause the Cresc ent and this pl a c e fill the bill. A third show is not wanted. We two pull the p e opl e. There aren't enough left over to fill a third show. "That' s funny. I heard from a party who knows that the Savoy turned p e ople away f rom both shows last night." "All nonsense!" Spencer said. "If Jackson was doing so well he wouldn't have a sign up to-day offering h i s place for sale." "He told me on Monday that he has be e n doing well from the start." ''.And to-day he's trying to sell out. Say, did you ever hear of any one who was anxious to get out of a paying busine11s?" "I can't say that I have." "Jackson is eithe r trying to do it or h e isn't making the place go. Common sense indicates thatthe last is the true reason." "I admit the inference is in line with your statement, but I dqn't believe it is the true reason why Jackson has thrown up his hands. I have a suspicion that some kind of a jinx is r e sponsible for the singular sudden closing of the Savoy. I'm going to s e e if it can't be caught and put out of business." "The place is a Jonah. It's what the French call de tropthat is, in the way. My show and the Crescent cover the ground. The Savoy will never go as a moving picture theater." '"If I had the money I'd open the place myself and prove to you that your statement is false." "You'd be the sixth unfortunate. Would I? I'll bet I'd make your show and the Crescent hustle to k ee p your doors op en." "You're talking rag-time, young man." All rig ht. Mayb e the n ext own e r will catch the jinx and prove my statement. Good-night." Duncan walked on. He found a numbe r of people in front of the Savoy, which was dark, reading the "For Sale" sign and commenting on it. He tried the two doors and found the m lo c ked. H e had hoped to find Jackson on the premises, but he wasn't. He passed the Crescent and found the public flocking into it. He turned up the n ex t stree t, and in ten reached Jackson's fiat. This time wh e n he rang he got admission, and walked up to the third floor. "Is Mr. Jac kson at home?" he aske d the servant. "Yes; come in." Jacks on had ev id ently not been home long, for he was eating his supp e r. "Hello, Scott," he said. "Take a seat. Have a glass of lager?" "No, I don t drink. I came to learn why the Savoy isn' t open, and also why it is for sale. I thought you w ere doing well." "Well, I have been running to good busine ss. Last night the house was jamme d to the doors at both shows; but at noon to-day I decided thl\t I was needed more in Chicago than I was here, henco the sign. Know anybody who wants to buy? I'll sell out cheap "Say, Mr. Jackson, what's the r eal reason why you want to g e t out of the Savoy?" I've told you-I have to go to C hicago." "I never h eard you speak of Chicago as an attraction before." "It ls a better show town than New York." "That's new to me." "And it' s my old stamping grounds." "Why did you buy the Savoy, then?" "I expect e d to remain here, but over which I have no control alte r e d things." "The four previous owners of the house all gave reasons on a line with yours in explaining why they wanted to cut loose from the Savoy. The five of you have each run the place something less than a month. This rapid succession of man agers is a mighty singular thing in the face of the prospects the house held out. Are you sure you haven' t some other rea son for giving up?" "Of course not," said Jackson, but Duncan didn't believe him. "I'm afraid you won't find a p,urchaser as easy as the others did." I "Why not? The Savoy Is bound to make money under the direction of the right man." "But you're not a blacksmith at the business." "No, I flatt e r myself that I understand the show business." "And yet you are l etting a good thing get away from you." "I can't help it. My luck, I suppose." "What do you want for the place?" "I'll take $3,000, or even less, from a quick buyer." "If I had $2,500, I'd make you an offer. "Can' t you raise half among your friends and advertise for a partner?" I m afraid not, replied Duncan. "Get me a man who will put up $3,000 for the Savoy as it stands, and I'll give you ten per c ent. of that .amount," said Jackson. "There' s a chance for you, but you' ve got to move lively." "I'll see what I can do for you. There was a man in our office the othe r day who is looking for a moving picture theater." Find him and bring him up h e r e to-morrow at one." "Will you b e at the theater?" "No-here." "If I found you a purchaser it would be better for you to. m eet him at the Savoy. It would save time, for you'd have to take him there anyway." "I'll be there from noon till half-past, and from one till half-past." "All right." "You remarked that I wouldn't be able to find a purchase r as easy as the other owners did. What makes you think I won 't?" "Because the house is getting the reputation of being a Jonah. That' s what Spencer, of the Criterion called it tonight. If intending purchasers l earn that, you won t be able to sell at any price." "Spencer had b etter keep his opinion to himself if he knows when he's well off," growled Jackson. "When a theater is opened and closed by five diff e r ent proprietors inside of six months, you can't blame anybody calling it a Jonah." "You said if you could raise $2,500 you d take it over. That doesn't look as if you thought it was a Jonah." "I don 't. I believe it has a jinx, though, and the first thing I'd do would be to find it and send it to the morgue. A sickly grin spread over Jackson' s face for a moment. "Some jinxes can' t be got rid of so easily," he said. Duncan gave him a sharp look. "Then you admit it has a jinx?" said S c ott. "I admit nothing." "Your manne r intimates it." "You only imagine that." "Come now, own up. What kind of a jinx is it that's got control of the Savoy?" "No jinx at all," answered Jackson, hastily. "All the plac e needs to make a suc cess is a man who knows how to run it right, and has a little mon ey behind him." "Benson, the man who fitt e d the pl ace up, filled the bill in that respect, y e t be seemed glad to sell out in a month. Smith, who bought him out, had money and moving picture e xperi ence. He told me after he was there four days that the Savoy was going to prove a gold mine. Ten days late r .the house 'was closed and Smith was looking for a buye r. I don t know much about his two succ e ssors, but I did think you'd make it pan out. You haven't kept it open a day longe r than Smith. You can talk as you like, Jackson, but there's som e mystery be hind all this. You don't want to admit it because you 're afraid you' d queer your chance s for selling out. Well, I don't blame you, if you're determined to sell, but no mystery would frighten me off from the Savoy if I could find the cash to buy you out." "You think you could smother the jinx, eh?" said Jackson, with anothe r sickly grin. "I've got a l e vel head and don't believe in jinxes in the way some persons do. Sailors and theatrical people seem to shy at the least thing in that line. The stories of stage hoodooes I've heard would make a book and most of them would make a horse laugh. Even baseball players can see a jinx in the bat-bag if the team encounters a sudden batting slump and can't explain it away. Why, I was hit by an automobile to-day and knocked ten feet or more. I suppose some jinx was re sponsible for that." "You were hit by an automobile and knocked ten feet?" said Jackson, incredulously. "You don't show it." "Because I escaped without a scratch." "You were lucky, Where did it happen?" "Corner of Broadway and Thirty-eighth street. I saved a lit tie girl from getting run over."


BOUND TO MAKE HIS MARK. 5 "Played the hero, eh? How came the little girl to get in "I called as you asked me to, Mr. Westbrook," began Dun-the way of the can. "I hope your little daughter suffered no material shock Duncan told him all the particulars. after the accident." "Her father's name ls Arthur Westbrook. I've got his calf "None at all," replied Westbrook, cheerfully. "She feels as1 in my pocket." .... grateful to you as a child of her years can be expected to do. He pulled it out and showed it to Jackson. So also does my wife, who was much upset when she learned "Westbrook Motor Company," read the owner of the Savoy. of the occurrence. We had to discharge the maid, for we can That's a big automobile company. I've seen their plant out not afford to keep a girl in charge of our little one who is: in Findlay. It covers a city block. Look here, Scott, if you liable to lose her prese nce of mind in any emergency. Of saved that gent's daughter from gett ng run over he is surely course, we understand that the maid didn't mean to expose grateful to YDU. It ought to be a cinch for you to negotiate our Effie to peril, but we relied on her to protect the child, a loan with him to set you up in the motion picture business. which she failed to do, and but for you our little one wouldi If I were you I'd strike him at once for $6,000. I'll sell you probably have been killed. I hope you will understand that the Savoy for half of that, and you'll have the balance to fall words cannot express our gratitude to you; It would therefore back on and fight the jinx." greatly please me if you mention some way that I could be of 1 "I wouldn't ask him for a cent. I don't want to be paid for service to you. I would like to testify my appreciation In doing my duty," said Duncan. some substantial way." "A loan ain't taking the money outright. You will pay him "I can understand your feelings, Mr. Westbrook, but there back in a few months, with interest. Why, this is the chance ls no occasion for you to feel bound to do me any favor. 1 1 of your life, young man." have a fair position with the United Film Corporation, in the Duncan shook his head. motion picture trade, and I am getting along all right." "I couldn't ask him for a loan buy out the Savoy," " saved my daughter at the risk of your life. In he said, getting up to go. fact, you were hlt by the m:ichine, which I un(lerstand, the' Five minutes later he was on the street, but somehow or police are looking for in order to arrest the chauffeur, and you another Jackson's suggestion followed him all the way down-must have suffered somewhat from the shock." town to his boarding-house. "I am thankful to say that the shock was only a momentary, CHAPTER IV. BUYING A HOODOO. As Duncan had business which took him down to the vi cinity of the post-office, he found time to go to Wall Street about eleven and call on Arthur Westbrook. He sent his name in and was immediately admitted. "Glad to see you, Scott. Take a seat," said the gentleman, who was acting as Eastern representative for the motor com pany his father was president of and chief stockholder in. As Duncan entered he pulled a letter out of a pigeon-hole and laid it before him. rt bore the signature of Jackson, owner of the Savoy. That astute individual had seen the account of Duncan's exploit in the morning paper, and decided that he would put the boy in the way of getting the money necessary to buy him (Jackson) out. The particular reason he did this was because he feared that the Savoy would he hard to sell under existing circumstances, and he was anxious to get it off his hands at the earliest pos sible moment before the newspapers made comment on its .Jonullesque properties. It was a nervy and impudent thing to do, but then Jackson was equal to anything except continuing the management of the Savoy. He put a special delivery stamp on, the envelope, and Mr. W estbrook received it shortly before Duncah called. He was a bit surprised at the nature of its contents, which ran as follows: "Mn. ARTHUR WESTBROOK-DEAR SIB: Excuse the liberty I am taking in the interest of a young man who I see by the morning paper has rendered you a very great service. This young man is, as you know, Duncan Scott, of the United Film Corporation. He would like to buy out a moving picture thea ter I am about to dispose of, but he has no money. The place Is easily worth $3,600, for it is in a crowded neighborhood, and _everybody goes to the movies two or three times a week, now adays, but I ;will let it go to Scott for $2,600, because I take an interest in his success. He ought to have $2,600 to hold as a reserve. fund, though I hardly think he will need tQ draw on more than enough to get things moving. Now if you will force a, loan of $5,000 on him for six months at six per cent. interest, you will do him a business favor without costing you a dollar. When I say force I mean it, for he won't ask YQU for it under any circumstances. He told me he wouldn't ac cept money for doing his duty. Some people are built that way. As I have several offers under consideration, I trust If you can see your way to giving Scott a lift that you will lose no time about It. I want to see him get the theater, as I know he wants it, but I can't allow sentiment to interfere with my business, for I am due in Chicago next Monday. "Respectfully yours, "WILLIAM JACKSON, Prospect Ave." one, though it was not a sensation I would care to have re peated. When I saw your little daughter in such imminent peril I acted on the spur of the moment, for I hadn't a mo, ment to consider the risk. I b e lieved it was my duty to act as I did, and it is repugnant to me to accept anything that savors of recompense for risking my life for another. is one thing I regard as above price." "Your sentiments do you credit, Scott, but still I thinlc y

6 BOUND TO MAKE HIS MARK. gethe r It ls a good example of a first-class motion picture "I have nothing to t e ll you except this-the house ls house." h oodooed." "It ls doing gopd business, I suppose?" "Hoodooed!" said Duncan, incredu lou s ly. "In what way?' "It was until Jackson cloaed it for some rea" You'll have to find t;iat out for yourself. ls someson." thing wrong with the place, that's all I know. "Then It ls not running now?" "When did you find that out?" "No, sir, but I don't mind that. It will draw the moment it 'Yesterday at noon," said Jackson, with a shifty look. opens its doors again." "It must be something mighty serious to cause you to close "Will y ou accept the loan from me of a sum sufficient for up right away on top oJthe fine business yo v showed to last you to buy this theater and start it?" al:lked Mr. Westbrook. night." _Duncan regarded him with some.surprise. Jacksdn shrugged his shoulders. "I haven't any security to offer you for it," he said. "I don't think it on your part to l eave me in the dark "Your note of hand is enough. It can run for six months, when you can enlighte n me. Forewarned ls forearmed, and it without interest, and should it not be convenient for you to would be a friendly act on your part, now that I have relieved pay It then, I will renew it for as long as you wish." you of what seems to have unexpectedly become a burden to "Your offer rathe r astonishes me, Mr. West)Jrook, but I supyo u to forewarn me so that I may know what to expect and pose you wish to pay your obligation in that form." take precautions toward protecting myself." "I wish to h elp you to realize yo r ambition of owning a "When I bought my pre dec essor out he did not forewarn motion pic ture house, which doubtl ess will prove profitable me. H unloaded the show on me and never breathed a word under your management. Shall I make the note out for about the hoodoo. I have told you more than he told me $5,000? That w1ll give you a sum to hold in9 reserve." that the place is hoodoo ed. I need not have told you, but I "I will accept $3,600. If I can't make the house pay from have I threw up my hands the moment I saw how things the start I shall be very much surprised." were going. If you can lift the jinx you will have a gold mine "Very well; but if you should need n+ore money, I hope you in the Savoy. That's all. I wish you luck, but I'm afraid will ask me for It. you'll close as suddenly as the rest of us have been obliged to T-li.e note was made out by Mr. Westbrook and signed by do, in which event los e no time in finding some sucker with Duncan. $2,500 and get out from under." The gentleman then drew his checlt, payable to the order of Thus speaking, Jackson walked away like a man r elieved William Jackson, for $2,500, at Duncan's r eq u est, and a second of a load, leaving Duncan Scott with plenty of food for check for $1,000, payable to Duncan. Scott or bearer. thought. Duncan then took his l eave, promising to keep his patron advised of 'ills headway as manager of the picture ;, He cashed the $1,000 check at Wflstbrook's banK, and took the money uptown with him. Promptly at one o'clock he appeared at the Savoy and found Jackson outside. "Well," said the proprietor, "have you don e anything to ward getting me a customer?" "Yes. I have raised the money to buy y u QUt." "You got It of Westbrook.'1 "''How do you know I did?" "I expected you would." "Didn't I tell ycm I wouldn't ask him for a loan? "Yes; but h e off e r e d it to you of his own accord." "You seem to be a pretty goo d guesser." "I am," chuckled Jackson. .... "It's too bad you didn't g u ess what was going to happen when you bought this place out." "That' s right, but I didn't. You want to go inside and in spect the house, of course. Come pn, then we'll go to a lawyer and have the transfer effected In legal form." Donald went all over fhe establishment, and found that it \Vas In full working, order, ready to be reopened at any mo ment. "If you want to hire my ticket seller, the machine ope rator, pianist and other pe ople, I will give you their addresi:;es," said Jackson as they stepped into the little box office. "I owe no body anything. I will transfer my lease to you and you Cal'\ pay the landlord his rent when he comes around next week. The rent is--" here Jackso n named the amount. "Here are my books. Sit down and run over them. They contain a com plete record o f the receipts and expenses of the show since I've had the house. You w ill notic e as you go over the books that the balance is in favor of the theater." "That only emphasizes the fact that you had some remark able reason for closing up in a hurry." "'Well, never mind my reason. You may have better luck." "1 hop e so," said Duncan, lookin g over the r ecord of daily recelpts. They began low and gradually increased in volume. "You have brought the purchase price-$2,500?" asked Jack son, after Duncan finishe

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